Wednesday, July 30, 2008

L.A. Earthquake!

Saw this headline on CNA via the feeds on my blog, just when I was about to resume working...

"Los Angeles rocked by 5.8-magnitude earthquake"



Jennifer's there! Erina's there!

I went to the LA Times to check for more updates...

"(Headline) 5.4 earthquake rocks L.A. area

(Summary)The quake, which Caltech officials downgraded from an initial magnitude of 5.8, is believed to have been centered near Chino Hills. The officials doubted the temblor caused major structural damage.
By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
12:27 PM PDT, July 29, 2008

An strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 shook large parts of Southern California, shaking a wide swath from Ventura County to San Diego.

The quake shook downtown L.A. buildings and was felt as far east as Palm Springs.

It was centered near Chino Hills, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The magnitude of the quake was originally set at 5.8. But Caltech officials downgraded it to 5.4 and said they doubted the temblor would cause major structural damage.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has activated the Office of Emergency Services.

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department said it has no immediate reports of injuries.

The Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Grand Avenue has been evacuated as a precautionary measure. Security officials said they expect the building to reopen after one hour.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors were in closed session at the time of the earthquake and did not suspend their meeting.

The quake interrupted a meeting of the Los Angeles City Council, causing the 27-story City Hall to sway just as Councilman Dennis Zine was criticizing a plan to increase trash fees.

"Earthquake! Earthquake! We've got an earthquake," said Zine, as members of the audience began to cry out. "It's still happening."

Orange County also felt shaking.

"It's the first time in my life I actually got under my desk," said Anaheim Police Sgt. Ken Seymour, who has lived in Southern California his whole life.

It's too early to tell if there's any major damage but all units are checking overpasses, bridges and tall buildings, he said."

I clicked on the map where it showed the epicenter of the quake, and compared it to the areas that Jennifer and Erina have been staying to have a gauge of how near/far they are from the epicenter...

(Map courtesy of Google Maps - Click to view larger image.)

Blue 'balloon' in the centre - The epicenter, near Chino Hills...
Purple oval (about 30+km away) - LA Music Academy (approx.), where Jennifer's having her lessons...
Orange Circle (about 60km away) - Landfair Avenue (approx.), where Erina is staying....
Green oval (> 100km away) - Palm Springs, mentioned in the news report...

Last week, Kenneth was in Japan when there'd been a quake... now LA...

Hope they are safe and sound!!!

Get back to us soon!!!

@0530hrs, over MSN (I'd been sleeping, so I only saw this when I woke up):
erina find a little comfort in the whole design said:
i am!
i am okay!
i felt the quake! haha
i was waiting for the bus to go to the supermarket then go home
but then
it's a distance away from where i was
so quite far away
dont worry =)

Signing off.............. *Shudder*................

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